Murray & Murray Successfully Settles Claim in Multi-District Litigation for Defective DePuy Hip Prosthetics and Pushes Forward Investigating Cases for Alleged Defects in Stryker Hip Replacements
February 10, 2015
Murray & Murray recently submitted a successful claim on behalf of a hip replacement patient who suffered from a dangerous, defective, hip prosthetic, which featured metal-on-metal components. Specifically, Murray & Murray partner, John T. Murray, represented the patient and obtained settlement on their behalf against the hip replacement manufacturer, DePuy, for more than $215,000.
A Federal Food and Drug Administration panel noted in 2012 that more than 17,000 reported injuries were caused by metal-on-metal hip prosthetics, with an alarming failure rate exceeding 10 percent after 5 years. The affected hip devices are made by the manufacturers Biomet, Cormet, DePuy / Johnson & Johnson, Howmedica / Stryker, Smith & Nephew, Wright, Zimmer, and others.
These serious defects should not be ignored, as studies show that metal-on-metal prosthetic hip devices pose substantial risks. Metal-on-metal hip replacements create a risk of metal poisoning from particles of cobalt and chromium being released into the blood as the metal parts rub against each other. This can lead to metallosis, a type of blood poisoning, and genotoxicity, which can cause genetic damage. Chromium and cobalt have also been linked to cancer, the development of tumors, aseptic fibrosis, and local necrosis. And, metallic corrosion of the prosthetics increases the chances of hip replacement failure.
Many types of metal-on-metal artificial hip systems have been linked to a high failure rate, which may result in the need for hip revision surgery. Although the manufacturers promoted these implants as stronger and more durable, they failed to adequately consider the likelihood and impact of metal ions entering the body from the artificial hip. Thus, the hip replacements present a toxic risk for their recipients. Even some non-metal hip stems, including the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate may exhibit the same problems as metal on metal bearing surfaces no matter what bearing components are attached to these stems.
Hip replacement system defects can manifest in a number of ways, including, among others, the need for revision surgery, dislocation, high levels of metals or hip fluid in the patient’s blood, as well as ongoing residual pain and swelling. Anyone experiencing these symptoms is urged to contact their physician immediately.
In addition to its recent success submitting claims related to the defective Depuy hip replacements, Murray & Murray is currently investigating further hip product defects and investigating cases involving all metal-on-metal hip implants.
John T. Murray, email@example.com, 419-624-3000
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